Legal abbreviations can be a puzzle to both new students and experienced professionals. Indexes can help you find the name of a publication to which the abbreviation commonly refers.
If the title of the journal is abbreviated, you'll need to know the title in full before you can find the journal. Some comprehensive online legal abbreviation indexes are:
CaseBase Table of Abbreviations - Consult this source only when using LexisNexis AU. The link to the Table of Abbreviations is in the left hand menu.
Pictured above: Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations, catalogue record.
Use a legal dictionary to find the meaning of a word or phrase. Legal dictionaries provide authoritative and often detailed definitions and to place terms in their legal context. It is important to use the dictionary relevant to your jurisdiction. Dictionaries also often cite key cases and legislation which define terms.
Stroud's Judicial Dictionary of Words and Phrases - Thomson Reuters, catalogue record
Black's Law Dictionary:
The following provide succinct summaries on the current state of the law. They are arranged by subject and include statute and case law authorities in support of the statements.
Halsbury's Laws of Canada - LexisNexis AU (select the title from the 'My Favourites' menu on the right of the LexisNexis homepage)
The Laws of New Zealand - LexisNexis AU (select the tab 'Find a Source' and then search for 'Laws of New Zealand')
Westlaw includes two legal encylopaedias: American Jurisprudence and Corpus Juris Secundum. To access these titles: